Harken Blog Tour: Review, Q&A and Giveaway!

Posted February 12, 2013 by micheleluker3 in Blog, Uncategorized / 27 Comments

Title: Harken

 Author: Kaleb Nation

Publish Date: Published January 9th 2013


After surviving an assassination attempt, teenager Michael Asher discovers that he is at the center of a worldwide conspiracy reaching higher than any earthly power. A supernatural organization desperately wants him dead. He doesn’t know why. Everyone who might have the answers has already been killed.

Tumbling into a web of international secrets, Michael is forced to fight back and dig up the truth. He begins to question how much of the world is truly as people are led to believe it is. Are there things that humanity is not being told? Who is the puppet master? And how far into the maze can he venture before he is lost forever?

Michael is the “Eye Guy.” He can read people by their eyes. Michael is a loner at school except for one best friend, Spud. Spud is a master at hacking computers. Everyone else pretty much stays away from him because of his special ability. He has made a business for himself, hiring out his services to find out if his clients have cheating spouses, bad business partners, etc.

 Michael sneaks out one night to meet a client, Mr. Sharpe. However, this meeting turns into a nightmare when Mr. Sharpe attacks Michael and tries to kill him. Michael barely escapes with his life, his car totaled, and no one believes that someone tried to murder him. The police think he’s just making up an excuse for wrecking his car. His mother thinks he hit his head in the accident and confused. This makes Michael doubt himself for a few moments, until he realizes that Mr. Sharpe’s car would still be where the met, since he saw Mr. Sharpe dead underneath the car.

After I have set up the beginning of the story, this is where I end it. There’s just too much action without giving up any spoilers for me to write!

 Harken…supernatural…conspiracy theories…who would have thought the two combined would make an amazing story. When I start reading a story, I have scenarios going thru my head on what direction the plot might take. With Harken, I had no clue what that direction was. Michael proves to be a resourceful and strong character. He has learned to put his ability to his advantage. Callista and Thad are with Michael through the whole adventure. Their bond goes deeper than just mere friendship. The villains are ruthless, dangerous and completely heartless. Harken pulls on your emotions…sadness, humor, anger, anxiety, suspicion, fear..There is so much going on your brain synopsis is in overdrive. There’s a hint of romance, which is just perfect because that doesn’t take away from the true plot, the supernatural conspiracy. Harken is brilliant in the total uniqueness of it’s originality. The end, of course, is a killer cliffhanger. I wasn’t ready for it to end. There’s so much left unexplained, I look forward to have those questions answered.

My Over All Rating:

Stacey was lucky enough to interview Kaleb!!  She came up with some GREAT questions!

Can you give us a
brief introduction to Michael Asher?
Michael Asher is seventeen, headstrong, overconfident, and
has no idea who he really is. He was born with an unusual gift of reading
glimpses of people’s thoughts, making him feared by potential friends but
valuable to the people he takes as “clients” for his seemingly-psychic
services. His work is his life. Being unusual is his identity.
On the inside, though, Michael cares deeply about the people
he respects. He is a questioner. Why would someone want to assassinate him? Why
are others who might know the truth being killed off? Is there a puppet-master
pulling the strings?
Harken is a bit of a
supernatural/political thriller story. 
What kind of research did you do to make the world and the situations
come to life?
I have boxes filled with pages upon pages of interviews,
charts, transcripts and everything else I could possibly find about conspiracy
theories. I interviewed people who truly believe that the things in HARKEN are
true. Reptilians have a prominent role with conspiracy theorists, so a lot of
my research was simply putting my skepticism aside and listening to what they
have to say. I had to ask myself “what if they are right?”
You had such a big
build up to the announcement of Harken, and I (Stacey) loved seeing all the fan
pics.  What were some of your favorite
fan moments during the build up to the release and announcement?
When I first started writing HARKEN, it was known as the
#SecretKalebBook on Twitter. Someone showed their support by writing
#SecretKalebBook on their hand in Sharpie and posting the photo online. This
turned into a trend: readers would write the hashtag or “Don’t Trust Anyone”
and send their photos to me on Twitter. That’s one of the reasons I love the
cover art so much: it pays homage to all of the early readers who made #HARKEN
The most thrilling moment was when I announced the title. My
readers had been waiting almost 2 years to find out, and ReadHarken.com got
about 10,000 hits in a single day.
Who designed the
cover of Harken?  Any fun cover
background stories?
I designed the cover! Despite what has become common belief,
the guy on the cover is NOT me, he’s a photo model. I even designed the HARKEN
logo myself.
But this is completely
out of the ordinary for a book. Authors usually have no influence over their
cover art and leave it to the professionals. I’m the exception because I AM a
professional. Before writing books, I owned a graphic design company and have
worked in marketing for many years.
Why did you choose the
title Harken?
Traditionally, the word “harken” means “listen”. It’s a
command. Listen to this message. Listen to this warning. HARKEN is the warning
of things that are coming.
Many of our readers
may not be familiar with your youtube history. 
Can you give us a short background on how/why you got started and what
your current projects are?
I’ve been making Youtube videos since before I was an
author! They started as video blogs that I sent to my family while I was in
college. My first real video was of me talking about all of the junk food I ate
in college and comparing it to all of the healthy food my siblings were still
being forced to eat at home. Terrible, I know.
Then I started making videos about books, writing, and my
life as I dreamed of being published and moving to Los
Angeles, California. My channel
suddenly transformed into something I never dreamed of. I started getting
followers and subscribers and VIEWS: millions of views from people all over the
world. I flew to film premieres, interviewed movie stars, got a reality TV show
deal, and made most of my friends through our work on that website.
I now have over 50 million views on a handful of channels. My
latest project is a reality-show style series on what my life is like
behind-the-scenes as I juggle writing, filming and trying to start my own
production company in LA.
If you look, you can find videos on Youtube.com/KalebNation
dating all the way back from my first year of college (but don’t, please don’t,
I should go hide those right now).  

Thank you Kaleb!!

There are some great things going on for this Tour.

At each stop, you have a chance to win a Harken Prize Pack!!  This Giveaway is International!

– a giant HARKEN poster (signed)
– a HARKEN glow-in-the-dark wristband
– a Kaleb Nation postcard (signed)
– a HARKEN glow-in-the-dark silver ring

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Check out the GRAND PRIZE!!!

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About the Author

KALEB NATION is an author and online personality. His blogs and videos have received over 50 million hits online, and he has been featured on NPR, Entertainment Weekly, The Huffington Post, and more.
While writing Harken, Kaleb documented his progress through video blogs at Youtube.com/KalebNation. A black belt in taekwondo, Kaleb lives in California with his chinchilla, Chilla. Harken is his first novel for teens.
Kaleb regularly posts on Twitter (@KalebNation) and blogs at KalebNation.com.


2/9 – MundieMoms.com
2/14 – TwilightMoms.com
2/15 – MTGreviews.com
2/16 – NovelSounds.net
2/20 – Fangirlish.com
2/25 – VysBlog.com


Read 3 Preview Chapters: http://www.ReadHarken.com/
HARKEN Blog Tour: http://www.HarkenTour.com/
HARKEN Book Trailer: http://www.readharken.com/trailer/
Kaleb Nation on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/KalebNation
Kaleb Nation on Youtube: http://www.Youtube.com/KalebNation


HARKEN is available for $2.99 at http://www.BuyHarken.com/
HARKEN is currently on Kindle but will be available on other devices soon.

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27 responses to “Harken Blog Tour: Review, Q&A and Giveaway!

  1. Anonymous

    Kaleb Nation is my favorite author. Its so cool to be able to watch him go through this and feel like a part of the experience. I wish I could write like he does.

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